Beyond Benign has 2 Faculty Fellowships available for the 2020 – 2021 academic year (1 or 2 semesters) to integrate toxicology concepts into chemistry courses. As part of the Toxicology for Chemists: Designing Safer Chemicals program funded by Target at Beyond Benign, the Fellow will work alongside Beyond Benign staff and partners to design course materials, test and adapt the materials for their own course(s), or develop a stand-alone course for their own institution. The Fellow will also be expected to gather course material feedback and student survey data to help with revising and refining the materials.
A key sustainability challenge today remains that molecular designers (chemists) are not trained how to address hazards at the very beginning, design stage of a product lifecycle. Chemists usually lack training in toxicology and the understanding of what makes a substance hazardous to human health and the environment at the molecular level. This knowledge gap has resulted in chemical products that have unintended adverse consequences. Beyond Benign has launched a new program to create curriculum and resources that support current and future scientists to better understand molecular hazard and how to include the information within their design criteria as molecular designers. A host of curriculum materials and on-line resources are being created that will remain open access for instructors, students and scientists to design chemical products that are safer and healthier for humans and the environment.
By providing much needed toxicology resources for chemists, the next generation of scientists along the supply chain will be equipped to better design and prepare safer alternatives that can be used in the marketplace.
Terms and Application Process:
- Who: Preference will be made to faculty from GCC signing institutions
- What: 2 Fellowships for 1-2 semesters between Spring 2020 and Spring 2021
- Compensation: Stipend is available ($3,000 – $6,000 depending on defined work)
- Location: The faculty member does not have to relocate to Beyond Benign headquarters, but can be located at their home institution during their sabbatical.
- Apply: Submit a letter of interest, including your background/experience in Green Chemistry and toxicology (if any) and your interest and intent on including toxicology in your course(s). Please include any institutional, departmental, or personal goals.
- Deadline: Rolling deadline, please notify us if you have a deadline if you are applying as part of your sabbatical at your institution
- Submit applications to: Natalie O’Neil, Higher Education Program Manager, Natalie_ONeil@beyondbenign.org